Set in Nevada in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
"San Francisco" Season 1 Episode 28
In this episode Ben, Hoss, Joe, and Hop-Sing go to San Francisco to sell their cattle, get shanghai'd, and break up the racket with the help of some of Hop-Sing's many cousins.
September 20, 2012 Subject:
Fun comedy episode
Fun episode, played mainly for laughs with plenty of slapstick.
Personally, I prefer the more serious stories, but this one's still good thanks to the excellent setting of 19th century San Francisco and the notoriety of the time.
December 1, 2011 Subject:
Many familiar faces
Another Bonanza comedy, with Lorne Greene hamming it up as Ben grow increasingly outraged trying to track down two missing ranch hands amid the debauchery of the Barbary Coast.
The supporting cast is filled with recognizable old pros from film and television: Tor Johnson (Plan 9 from Outer Space) as a street wrestler Hoss challenges to a match; sneaky shanghai operator David White (Darrin's boss on "Bewitched"); rival operator Murvyn Vye ("Bob Cummings Show" and many films); ship captain Richard Deacon (Mel Cooley of "Dick Van Dyke Show"); Hop Sing's cousin James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China, and to show up again next season); and gravel-voiced bartender Herb Vigran (over 300 appearances in film and television, including "Adventures of Superman").
Familiar theme replaced by what sounds like Duane Eddy.
August 30, 2009 Subject:
SHIRTLESS FAT GUY ALERT!!!
First, a trivial note: Tor Johnson, the Swedish wrestler of the Ed Wood movies, is in this episode.
Now the warning: you will see both Tor and Dan Blocker shirtless in a boxing scene. Prepare yourself.